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Handwriting Tattoo

I'm writing this primarily for people like me, who don't have much experience of tattooing and don't really know how to ask for what they want. Before I had my latest tattoo I spent ages reading through forums and blogs on the internet trying to make sure I wasn't going to make a fool out of myself by asking the wrong thing in a tattoo studio. I'm not sure if anyone else finds it as intimidating as I do? Maybe it's just me, but I'm very conscious of the fact that i look very conservative, and am totally unfamiliar with ... read more

First Tattoo, Ball of Nerves.

Once upon a time, the little girl once known as ME hated the idea of scarring up your body with a tattoo, because then you'd have to live with it for your entire life. As ME grew up, I realized that I really could not wait to get my first tattoo because I became highly interested in tattooing and piercing over the years. I knew a lot of people who got tattoos just because they turned 18 and wanted a symbol of their new legal ability..but this was never the case with me. I genuinely just really wanted some ink ... read more

Because "I Still Love You"

My tattoos are souvenirs, some from places I've been and some from times in my life. Every single one has a meaning, some of which are easy to explain and understand, and others which are deeper, and only truly understandable by me. So when I found out I was going to be traveling to San Francisco to visit my older sister in March, I knew it was time to get tattooed. I chose an artist, Clifton Carter, who works out of Ed Hardy's Tattoo City in the North Beach area of San Francisco. I had browsed probably 20 different portfolios ... read more

Adding on - outline

I already had a tattoo on my upper back of three roses (my first tattoo), and I felt like they just sat there. So, I wanted to get plenty added on. Plus, no one in my family or out of my friend's have a back piece, and I like to be unique. Patrick was my previous artist, and I felt like he needed to be the one to add things on. I knew I wanted vine work and more rose buds. And when I got the first part done, I had wanted to add some script but didn't know what ... read more

a bad experience with an amazing result

So, rewind. Take a step back. I'm three years old hitting on pots and pans and pretending they're drums and I'm in a parade. I'm the main act, and I'm amazing. Take a step forward, and I want to be a rock star, and I go around singing everything. Now I'm seven, and I pick up my first actual musical instrument- a guitar. Not to say I was good, but I fell in love. Then I'm ten, excelling at playing the recorder. Another step, and I'm twelve, my first year of middle school, and I find the clarinet. Then the ... read more

What better place than China to get a tattoo

Well, like most people here, I had been thinking of getting a tattoo for years before I got one. I'm normally in London and there's a hell of a lot of interesting tattoos about (on people, that is) as well as a hell of a lotta nice tattoo shops (Lal Hardy comes to mind as one of the best). I decided I wanted a tattoo as well but I had no idea what I wanted. The main consideration for me was whether a tattoo should mean something or should just look pretty for its own sake. Moving on, 3 years ... read more

The apprentice and the Yellow Submarine

It all started one day at work. My good friend Tia (who I work with) had found out that I had recently started my tattoo apprenticeship under Nathan Chapman at Bzzt! Tattoos. Now Tia is a pretty big fan of The Beatles, and by pretty big I mean extremely huge fan, but I was still skeptical when she told me her idea. "Kelsey" she said "we've been friends for a long time and you are the only person I would be comfortable with doing this tattoo...I want you to tattoo the yellow submarine on my butt." Wow, now there's something ... read more

Thanks for the memories...

About a year ago, I moved halfway across the country for school. This move marked the first time I had ever been away from home (my family) for more than a month. I was excited and scared and everything in between to get on with this new adventure in my life. I knew that I would be lonely (because while a few of my friends were moving to my state...they were still 4 hours away in Houston), so I decided to get a puppy. A friend from Dallas, still 4 hours away, happened to have some miniature dachshund puppies available, ... read more

Memories and celebrations

When I first emigrated to the UK I came here with the intention to train to be a nurse. I managed just over 2 years of training before being asked to leave...but that's another story. During my first year of training I had my first tattoo done which was a little butterfly on my shoulder (I know, zero points for originality but I was ever so proud of it). For the next few years I bummed around not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life but was happy just trying out as much as possible. During this ... read more

In memory of a wonderful woman

For a long time I have been wanting to get a tattoo in memory of my Nan, something that would mean a lot to me. My Nan was the type of person who would love anyone no matter what, would treat my friends as if they were part of the family and never forgot anyone's birthday even if they weren't related to her. So for ages I had been thinking of a design, something that would fit, something that felt right. In the end I decided I wanted a horse as a part of the design because I always remember ... read more

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